75% of high school seniors want to go to college, but fewer are expected to attend
A survey found that this gap is worse among certain ethnic groups.
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Exemplifying the enrollment crisis that has been happening in the country, a YouthTruth’s survey found that nearly three-quarters of the high school class of 2023 want to pursue higher education, but only two-thirds are actually expected to enroll.
It is important to remember that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to come with a decision to ban race-conscious admissions in the next few months — possibly worsening these enrollment issues.
According to the Higher Ed Dive, this decision would impact few institutions in practical terms, as most accept a majority of applicants. However, college officials worry the message the ruling would send to students in racial and ethnic minority groups. The YouthTruth’s survey found that for certain of them, the gap between wanting to enroll and actually enrolling are even worse.
While 73% of Hispanic or Latino students sought to enroll, just 64% believed they would.
As for American Indians, Alaskan Native and Indigenous students; 58% of them want to attend college, but only 44% said they think they will. Regarding Native Hawiian or Pacific Islander students, 68% of them wanted to pursue higher education, but only 58% actually expected to.
Other survey findings include gender differences and less commitment to community colleges. While more women aspired to attend college than men, 83% compared to 68%; 77% of women said they expected to actually enroll, versus only 57% of men.
Also, only 20% of the 2023 class said they expected to go to community college, compared to 25% of the 2019 class.
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